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Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Resources at the Library of Congress

Newspaper Archives

Due to his celebrity, Leonard Bernstein was covered exhaustively by the public press. Historical newspaper archives document Bernstein's life and career with articles, reviews, photographs, and obituaries. The Library of Congress provides several online resources for browsing and searching for such press coverage.

Scrapbooks from the Leonard Bernstein Collection

It should be noted that the scrapbooks in the Leonard Bernstein Collection feature, among other types of materials, newspaper clippings. Bernstein gave 104 scrapbooks to the Library of Congress over the course of two decades, and Brandeis University gave five additional scrapbooks to the Library in 1973. All of the scrapbooks, dating from 1933-1986, have been preserved on microfilm because of their fragile nature; those microfilms have also been digitized and can be consulted and downloaded in the Leonard Bernstein Digital Collection.

Highlighted Subscription Databases

The Library's Databases and E-resources page organizes licensed and recommended free databases, indexing and abstracting services, and full-text reference resources. Search the databases on this page, or refer to the selected databases highlighted below. The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.